Definition of pratincole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpratnkōl/
Pronunciation: /ˈpradiNGˌkōl/


A long-winged, fork-tailed, insectivorous bird related to the plovers, resembling a swallow in flight and typically living near water.
  • Genus Glareola (and Stiltia), family Glareolidae: several species, in particular G. pratincole of Africa and the Mediterranean.
Example sentences
  • Its head looked more jaeger-like than anything, and I wondered whether it was a pratincole.


Late 18th century: from modern Latin pratincola, from Latin pratum 'meadow' + incola 'inhabitant'.

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Syllabification: prat·in·cole

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